Dear Y.A.L.E. School Family,

As we continue to monitor the pain and unrest in cities across our nation, we wanted to reach out to you. The Y.A.L.E. School leadership team wishes to unequivocally condemn racism and violence, and we stand by our communities of color against any and all acts of racism, disrespect and inequitable treatment. The protests we have seen nationwide, and especially in Philadelphia where many of our Y.A.L.E. School Philadelphia campus staff and families live, have brought much-needed recognition to marginalized communities.

As a country we must work together to end discrimination, hatred and prejudice. As a school community, we value each individual on our staff, and we cherish all of our students and their families. At Y.A.L.E. School, we celebrate our diversity, provide for inclusion and continually review our practices in order to consider and address equity. We know that our differences make us stronger and more resilient.

The pain and anxiety of the last week and longer has undoubtedly weighed heavily on our community, and we understand that our students, families and staff may feel anger, sorrow and fear. If you or your child wish to speak to someone to address these feelings, we encourage you to reach out to our Y.A.L.E. School counselors:

Y.A.L.E. School Philadelphia

Y.A.L.E. School Cherry Hill

Y.A.L.E. School Standard 9 / Project SEARCH

Y.A.L.E. School Medford

Y.A.L.E. School Ellisburg

Y.A.L.E. School Northfield

For our Autism campuses, please reach out to the following administrators for assistance:

Y.A.L.E. School/Southeast at Evans

Y.A.L.E. School/Mansion Avenue

Y.A.L.E. School/Mullica

Our leadership team has also assembled a list of resources on how to have honest conversations with your child about racism, tolerance and how to support communities of color:

As the Y.A.L.E. School community, together with our community at large, navigates the difficult days and weeks of ahead caused by not just the unrest across our country but also by the COVID-19 pandemic, we will continue to focus on what has always remained important to us: fostering a positive approach to learning for all of our students, and a supportive and inclusive place for our team.

As always, stay safe and stay in touch. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Warmly,

Y.A.L.E. School Administrative Team

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